How to keep your dog occupied whilst you’re away

Most pet owners lead very busy lives and sometimes must resort to leaving their pets alone in the house all day.

This can cause a lot of problems as a bored dog can cause a lot of trouble while you’re away. From barking and whining, chewing up furniture to raiding your cupboards for treats a bored dog can find a lot of ways to keep entertained at your expense. This can be due to a build-up of stress and anxiety and there are many solutions to help reduce this stress as seen in our previous posts about reducing your dog’s chewing habits. But today we have compiled numerous ways to keep your dog entertained in your absence that won’t leave you feeling stressed or worried about what you will be returning to.

Getting the right toys

A new toy can bring excitement to your dogs during the day when left alone. However sometimes our dogs can be as picky as children when it comes to the right toys, some can be pleased with a tennis ball, others prefer a tough rope. It is best to find strong, durable toys that will be able to withstand a day worth of biting and chewing. These obviously will depend on the size and strength of your dog for example a Pitbull will need an industrial strength chew toy compared to a Chiwawa that would be content with a tennis ball.

Dog Toy

For smarter dogs, a great way to keep them entertained is through puzzle toys. Hiding treats in puzzles will keep your dog occupied for hours on end as they try and work out ways to get the treats out.

Bonus tip

Finding a hollow chew toy goes great with all-natural peanut butter. This creates a tasty task for your dog as they try and get all the peanut butter out without chewing the toy.

Chews and treats

Dentastix and other chew treats help keep your dog away from chewing things they shouldn’t. These treats also allow a way of easily keeping up with your dog’s oral care by cleaning their teeth and freshen their breath.

Switching on the tv

Turn on your TV and turn up the volume. The dog channel (Sky Channel 167), a micro-channel dedicated to dogs, is a great way to keep your dog at ease showing them familiar sights and sounds. This keeps your dog at ease and distracted whilst your away, if you’re worried about your electricity usage then it is suggested that you put the TV on a timer. This allows you to keep them at ease for a certain amount of time using this method however you’ll need to have other ways of keeping them entertained once the timer has turned the TV off.

Let them look out the window

An alternative for the TV is the window. Allowing your dog to look outside into the rest of the world allows them to keep occupied and distracted. If your dog is small, then it is advised to put a cushion or chair by the window so that they can view the outside world.

Dog Window

Scavenger hunts

Creating a scavenger hunt for your dog is a great way to keep them occupied if they can walk about the house freely. By putting a couple of handfuls of treats in the areas where your dog plays out during the day, they’ll have fun hunting treats while you’re at work. You can also hide one of their meals or puzzle toy right before you leave home so that she learns to associate your leaving for the day with a positive emotion.

Calming your dog through aromatherapy

Essential oils provide a great way to keep pets calm without harming them. Using oils such as lavender, frankincense and many more can be used to help keep your dog calm whilst your away. These can be used in a mixture to keep the smells pleasant and to yours or the dog’s preference. Do be careful if you also own a feline though as some of these oils and research should be taken before use.

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By Raised By Humans